Wednesday, April 25, 2012

Chemistry Students and Faculty Present Papers at National ACS Meeting

The Spring 2012 National Meeting of the American Chemical Society (ACS) was held in San Diego, California from March 25-27, 2012.  Among those in attendance were AU Chemistry Professors Rebecca and Perry Corbin and chemistry students Mei Li and Anna Falls, who presented results of their research and scholarship. 

Both Anna and Mei presented posters on their research on polymer synthesis with Dr.Perry Corbin.  The title of Anna’s poster was "Synthesis and Characterization of Eight-Armed Calixarene-Core Polylactide Star Polymers", and Mei's title was "Synthesis and Characterization of Four- and Six-Armed Calixarene-Core Polylactide Star Polymers".  This research has been funded by the National Science Foundation.  In addition to these research presentations, Dr. Rebecca Corbin presented a poster on a new course she has developed for AU’s Core Curriculum, titled “Development of an energy-themed chemistry course for non-science majors.”

Dr. Perry Corbin stated that “attending and presenting research at an ACS meeting is not only an excellent opportunity for students to participate in a professional scientific conference/exposition, but it also offers the opportunity to hear cutting-edge research presentations from some of the top scientists from around the world.”  This year’s meeting theme was the “Chemistry of Life”.  This theme was highlighted in the opening plenary session that featured presentations by Nobel laureate Roger Tsien, National Medal of Science winner J. Craig Venter, and the prominent chemists Laura Kiessling and Samuel Stupp.

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